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    Sky unveils its new high-def EPG

    Sky has unveiled its eagerly awaited HD electronic programme guide – bringing a major overhaul to the look of its flagship HD service.

    The new television guide was announced back in 2008, but the company insisted that they would not rush it out until they were happy with the look and feel of the EPG.

    That moment, it appears, has finally arrived, with the first group of HD customers to receive the new look EPG on March 10.

    Easier

    "The launch of our -new on-screen guide means Sky+HD customers will now find it even easier to search, record and watch the thousands of hours of high definition programmes that only Sky+HD delivers," said Sky's Director of Strategic Product Development Gerry O'Sullivan.

    The new guide brings a picture in picture – so that viewing can continue whilst the EPG is accessed, an improved now, next and later banner, a new series stack and an improved programme search.

    There is also new functionality for the Record and Series Link function. 'Viewers can now record and Series Link at the touch of a button straight from the TV listings without having to go back to their planner.' Explains Sky.

    Series link

    'If the programme they'd like to record is part of a series, the new Series Link prompt will ask them if they would like to record it once or record the whole series," adds the release.

    'Series Link can also be set from the TV Guide, or the Now, Next and Later banner, even while watching a programme.'
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    In Pictures: New Sky+ HD Guide

    In Pictures: New Sky+ HD Guide

    Tuesday, March 10 2009, 15:26 GMT

    By James Welsh

    A new version of the Sky programme guide for high definition boxes was rolled out to 38,000 homes this morning.

    The new guide introduces several new features, such as an optional mini-TV screen on the TV Guide and the ability to view "now, next and later" programme information for shows on any channel for the next 12 hours without needing to interrupt the programme being watched. Recordings may be set up without visiting the Planner screen and episodes of recorded series are "stacked" to make finding them easier.

    Last month, Sky told DS that the new software is designed to make linear content easier to find and record, and lays the groundwork for new broadband on-demand services currently in development.




    Set up series links directly from the TV Guide.




    Record directly from the TV Guide without needing to go to the Planner.




    The new planner makes searching for recorded episodes from a series easier by "stacking" them.




    The new Now, Next, Later banner is capable of showing full programme data for any show on any channel up to 12 hours ahead.



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    Re: Sky unveils its new high-def EPG

    Will this new EPG ever be rolled out to Sky+ boxes in the near future ?, i just got my Sky+ Thomson box a few months back and would love to see the new EPG on it !

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    Andy

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